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Detective: Woman hid cigarettes for inmate in Bible

Posted September 12, 2010

— An 18-year-old woman was charged Friday with trying to smuggle cigarettes hidden in a Bible to an inmate in the Halifax County Jail.

Maria Elliot Davis came to the jail shortly after midnight Friday to leave a Bible for an inmate, said Detective Tyree Davis, with the Halifax County Sheriff's Office. He said that jail matron Yvonne Benjamin checked the Bible for illegal contraband and found several loose cigarettes and matches hidden in the Bible.

Davis, of Roanoke Rapids, was charged with providing tobacco products to an inmate.

She was placed in the Halifax County Jail under a $1,000 bond. Her first court date was set for Oct. 6.


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  • ranquick Sep 13, 2010

    Rules are Rules, I certainly do not thik a very harsh punishment is needed but somehting is needed to show her and the inmate that rules are rules, Addicted to tobacco or not you have to play by the rules and seems to me one would could quit in jail instead of breaking rules.

  • just my2cents Sep 13, 2010

    Rules are rules. Not a smart thing to do, but certainly not deserving some of the punishment suggested here!

  • stevenalowe Sep 13, 2010

    We're talkin' tobacco here folks, not crack. Sheesh!

  • twc Sep 13, 2010

    Not smart trying to smuggle into a jail. But I hope the da or judge will be compassionate. We are talking about tobacco here.

    If he was an inmate they have the right to deny him tobacco. If he was awaiting trial they should not have the right to deny tobacco. It is a legal product.

    Jail policies deny tobacco to people awaiting trial, not yet found guilty. To those addicted to tobacco, that is punishment!

  • brucem Sep 13, 2010

    I cant believe this even made the news. im sure there are more important things to report than this ?

  • garnertoy Sep 13, 2010

    Dang the way some of you are talking the next thing you will want the death penaty

  • delilahk2000 Sep 13, 2010

    I say lock her up and she will think twice about it next time. These young adults need a real eye opener when they think they can get away with. I say no more slaps on the wrist.....

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Sep 13, 2010

    So, she didnt know that they search her person and belongings? Wow...Smart one.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 13, 2010

    The Lord works in mysterious ways. Manna from the sky, and smokes from the bible

  • lumberman Sep 13, 2010

    What has happened to America's youth. Have they lost all sense of reason. Do they care to think at all. 18 years old and would hope she knew better. But to me it appears she knows nothing. Give her a year for each smoke she tried to smuggle in. Maybe when she gets out she will be a little wiser.